Sherbourne Bike Lane Audit Ride
photos and story by Jun Nogami
Cycle Toronto organized a ride down the Sherbourne Bike lanes to solicit comments from users. Fifteen riders showed up, including two members of the City Cycling Infrastructure staff, as well as Cycle Toronto representatives from both Wards 27 and 28.
Here (below) are Paul Moir (Ward 28 captain), Dan Egan (Manager of Pedestrian and Cycling Infrastructure), and Chris (Ward 27 captain) at the start of the ride.
Before we got going, Dan gave a general overview of the entire project. He explained that there were two distinct designs for the bike lane, north and south of Gerrard Street. North of Gerrard, the bike lanes are segregated from traffic by raised curbs with rounded tops. South of Gerrard, due to the much higher density of driveways, they used a rolled curb design.
The ride got off to an inauspicious start because taxis were blocking the bike lane, just south of Bloor.
Here we are (below) headed south on the northern section. The windrow left by clearing snow from both the road and the bike lane actually enhances the separation from traffic.
We paused at Gerrard Street to discuss what we had seen so far.
This is what the rolled curb section looks like. There was little or no snow left on the rolled curb divider, which was more like a concrete ditch.
The ease with which cars can ignore the rolled curb caused problems, such as here, just by Moss Park Arena.
Here is the group headed back north.
We wrapped up the ride at Bloor and Sherbourne. Comments were generally positive, although there were some differences of opinion about issues such as the relative merits of the two bike lane designs, and the utility of specific features such as the marked bike boxes dedicated to indirect left hand turns. Cycle Toronto is soliciting feedback on the Sherbourne bike lane for the next several weeks with this online form.
This feedback will be important since the City is open to further enhancements such as increased signage, more road markings, and installation of flexible bollards. In addition, the City will be monitoring usage as well as other issues such as snow clearance, and police enforcement of illegal parking. They will use what is learned here in the implementation of other separated bike lanes to be rolled out elsewhere in the downtown area.
Overall, it was a very informative event, and it I also enjoyed riding the bike lanes with many like minded cyclists.
Related on the dandyBLOG:
Bike Spotting on Sherbourne (July 2011)
Bike Spotting on Sherbourne (at Moss Park, during construction of new separated lane)